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Woman and To-Morrow Volume 285, book

Woman and To-Morrow Volume 285, by Walter Lionel George

Woman and To-Morrow Volume 285,
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Author: Walter Lionel George
Number of Pages: 32 pages
Published Date: 21 May 2012
Publisher: Rarebooksclub.com
Publication Country: United States
Language: English
ISBN: 9781236361998
File size: 21 Mb
Download Link: Woman and To-Morrow Volume 285,
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 Excerpt: ...that there is no art where the fountain of life does not bubble, rush forth alternately into sensual indulgence and into self-expression. Both processes are creative, and I do not think that I am stretching truth too far when I say that the instinct by favour of which a child is created is the same in principle as the one which brings into existence a picture or a book. I do not deny the qualifying fact of consciousness; it is important that the artist should know what he is doing and that he should deliberately do it, but the qualification does not absolutely stand. It is not demonstrated that consciousness is more than important; it may not be essential: consider indeed the case of "Kubla Khan." This poem was conceived by Coleridge while dreaming. He did not intend to write it; he did not plan it; an obscure impulse seized him during his sleep, and he created. Now I do not want to exaggerate the value of this illustration, for fear that I should be charged with speciousness in argument, but I cannot help being impressed by the extraordinary case of Coleridge. It would seem that the instinct to create is latent, that creation is a process removed from the scope of our will, and it may be that creation with intent is an illusion, that there is no intent. Perhaps the muse takes up her lute and presses kisses upon the poet's brow. I am inclined to believe in this extra-human force, a thing imponderable, capricious and obscure, which will manifest itself in the untaught fingers of a Cimabue or an infant Mozart; it is almost universally recognised that genius is not an infinite capacity for taking pains: it is rather an infinite capacity for taking no pains, for surrendering to the extrahuman and allowing it to work its will. Certainly Boileau advised...

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